Watching Christmas classics during the holiday season is a wonderful tradition. You get to sit with your family and friends, and screen a film you guys have no doubt seen dozens of time to get amped for what is, for many of us, the best time of the year. But what better way to partake in such a tradition than by getting a little buzzed first with your favorite strain. Below you’ll find the best Christmas movies for the Cannabis lover.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Tim Burton’s 1993 stop-motion animated musical masterpiece should take the top spot on any pot lovers Christmas movie list. It’s surreal, dark, and strange, but kid-friendly enough that the whole family can join you (in watching the movie, not smoking before hand, of course).
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
We sincerely hope you grew up in a family that watched this 1989 flick every year, but if you didn’t, you now have the pleasure of watching Clark Griswold and company ruin Christmas for the first time…while you’re high. The movie is full of highlights: Chevy Chase was still in his prime, or at least close enough to it that he was still genuinely funny; Randy Quaid was still only pretending to be crazy; and a pre-Seinfeld Julia Louis Dreyfus co-stars as a snooty neighbor. Plus, there’s a giant sewage-related explosion.
Beyond being the most recently-released addition to the True Holiday Classic canon, 2003’s Elf is also a fantastic movie to watch while baked. Few screen stars have been funnier than Will Ferrell was in his early- to mid-2000s peak, and his performance as the continually awe-struck and optimistic Buddy the oversized elf is no exception. In addition to all the other humorous moments (the scene above is one of our favorites), it’ll never not be funny watching Ferrell wander around New York City while dressed in a bright green elf outfit.
Everyone agrees that Home Alone is a holiday classic. What makes it a holiday classic to watch after having a weed brownie or two is it’s premium slapstick humor. Almost nothing is funnier than a good fall or scalding hot iron to the face, and the film’s villains—Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern are perfect as the unfortunately named Wet Bandits—suffer through all kinds of painful indignities at the hands of Macaulay Culkin’s Kevin McCallister.
No list of best Christmas movies–to watch high or sober or somewhere in between–would be complete without John McTiernan’s 1988 hit Die Hard, which, yes, is a definitely Christmas movie. From John McClane’s one liners to the huge explosions and long shootouts, few films are as enjoyable to watch while high as the movie that made Bruce Willis a household name. Yippie-ki-yay, motherfucker.